French Onion Veggie Burger

This French Onion Veggie Burger is a veggie version of the delicious Avalon Burger from Ted’s Montana Grill. It’s all about the condiments!

French Onion Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions Served on ArugulaOnion Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions Served on Arugula

Our challenge this month for Progressive Eats is to make a ‘copycat’ version of a restaurant dish. I followed that guideline but went a step further and took the delicious Avalon Burger I had enjoyed at Ted’s Montana Grill and turned it into something lighter and leaner, this French Onion Veggie Burger.

To be clear I am calling this a Veggie burger but it’s not strictly vegetarian, although that would be easy enough to achieve. I added some bacon to the Caramelized Onions; you can skip those if  you want to eliminate all meat and use a vegetarian cheese to replace the Gruyere if strict enough to avoid rennet.

French Onion Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

I only recently made my first veggie burger, this Greek Veggie Burger; it was so good that I’m now determined to craft a couple of delicious versions to keep stocked in my freezer and share with friends.

I’m not turning to a vegetarian diet, but I am limiting most red meat and pork from my diet but I’m not steadfast either. If the spirit moves me, and a burger at Ted’s might do it, I’ll have a burger or my favorite Ribeye Steak. I’m reminded of my friend Susan, The Wimpy Vegetarian. She is not so strict that she won’t veer; yeah, that’s my goal too.

French Onion Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions

The only real change is that I eliminated some of the spices and sun-dried tomatoes from that version and added caramelized onions instead. It was enough to give it a different flavor profile and then the good stuff came on top.

Because the Greek burger turned out so nicely, I stuck to pretty much the same base for this one, only changing up some seasoning. The ingredients include the following; a somewhat long list but also pretty much pantry staples…except maybe my favorite Tri-Color Beans. Seriously get them (but if not, use what you have!).

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup tri color beans
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese

I melted Gruyere cheese on top and smeared it with my homemade Roasted Garlic Aioli before topping it with my Caramelized Onions in the Instant Pot. If you don’t have an instant pot, no worries, but you will need additional time to get the onions caramelized in a pot on the stove-top so plan ahead for that.

Altogether it is such a great burger you might forget it’s veggie too or even enjoy it more simply because it is!

Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Copycat Recipes, and our host is Karen who blogs at Karen’s Kitchen Stories

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the delicious copycat inspired dishes!

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French Onion Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions Served on Arugula

French Onion Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions

Yield: 4-6 Burgers

French Onion Veggie Burger

French Onion Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions

A delicious twist on French Onion, these veggie patties have caramelized onions in them and on them!

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes

Ingredients

See Notes for Links to Recipe for Garlic Aioli and Caramelized Onions

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 cup tri color beans
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal (to cover before frying)
  • Oil for frying – Olive or Safflower Oil

Instructions

    1. Put cornmeal on a shallow plate, and coat burgers evenly.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in a skillet; turn down to medium, and cook onion, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
    3. Add wine and continue cooking til absorbed. Add garlic and thyme, stirring, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool.
    4. Combine beans, Worcestershire Sauce, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, and pepper in processor and processor til still slightly chunky.
    5. Add the onion mixture and mix with a spoon until well-combined. Form mixture into 6 patties (about 1/2 cup each). Put cornmeal on a shallow plate, and coat burgers evenly.
    6. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, and cook burgers about 5 minutes or until golden brown on underside.
    7. Flip burgers, and top with cheese. Cook about 5 minutes more, covered, or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve burgers on arugula and top them with the garlic aioli topped with caramelized onions.

Originally posted at Creative Culinary